It happened eight years ago when Winston Garyzon Hannibal Jackson, known on stage as ‘Skoolboy Wizzy’, saw a blister on his left foot. Then, he didn’t know it was Gouwa, an ‘African sign’ that swells the leg and causes a burning sensation from the inside. He landed in a sick bush for a year. Sadly, this caused him to miss out on travelling to the United States for the first time.
A few days after noticing the blister, his leg had swollen so bad that he listened to advice and sought the help of a ‘country doctor’ to work on his leg.
Still in the 12th grade at that time (2008-2009), Wizzy had no other option but to drop out of school for about six months seeking treatment in the sick bush.
“This was unbearable for me,” Skoolboy Wizzy said. “I could not believe it at first that my close friend could do this to me; and up until now I still wonder why he had to hate me so much.”
As God would have it, after Cavalry Chapel Mission School in Rehab community, where he attended, learned of his condition, Skoolboy Wizzy was able to graduate with his classmates at the end of the 2009 school year.
“When my school accepted me, I was relieved and was able to sit the national exam and make a successful pass. Even though the situation was bad, God never let me down,” Wizzy noted.
When they learned of his condition, his parents sent for him to join them in the United States for better treatment. Excited about his impending trip, Skoolboy shared his joys with some close friends. Unfortunately, the blister reappeared and he landed in the ‘sick bush’ again in early February 2010.
Advised by the ‘country doctor’ not to tell anyone about his upcoming trip, Wizzy finally left for the US on March 8, 2010.
In the US the leg healed without any western medicine. After registering for school, Wizzy played with Junior Leone Star FC in Delaware for a few years before matriculating to Deltech College in Wilmington, Delaware.
Beset with recurring leg injuries, he decided to try his hand at music, which gave him relief during difficult times.
“Because of difficult moments and continued injuries, I was forced to drop out of school and started working. In 2013, I decided to use my music talents, which I discovered when I was back home in Liberia to express my feelings. But I found it difficult knowing not where to begin. It was when I met Hip-Co Artists RawPekin and Tru Storry, they encouraged me to keep working hard,” Wizzy recalled.
After a long while working with RawPekin and Tru Storry, he was able to release his first single “My Life” on September 18, 2014. The song is about the things he had to go through from childhood to adulthood.
From “My Life” to his popular hit single, “EMOJI,” which put him on par with other Liberian stars based in the US, Skoolboy Wizzy on hoping to continue making waves in the Liberian music scene worldwide.
“When the song was released and went viral, I said to myself that ‘the time has come for you become a true star.’ From that moment until now, I have always been in the circle of top Liberian stars in the states,” said Skoolboy Wizzy with a smile.